May 16, 1992 |
A federal jury on Friday acquitted Scott R. Deitrick, an administrator of the Armand Hammer Foundation in Los Angeles, of charges that he smuggled $60,000 in cash into the United States. Deitrick, 38, had been returning home to Los Angeles from London in October when he was arrested at Twin Cities International Airport. Customs agents discovered he was carrying the undeclared currency, most of it in his cowboy boots. Agents said he was confronted because he looked nervous.
November 23, 1991 |
A woman was arrested when trying to smuggle money out of the country, including $6,000 in 12 balloons she swallowed, customs agents said Friday. Customs officials at Kennedy Airport asked Vivien Mensah how much money she was carrying as she awaited a flight to the African nation of Ghana. She said she had $9,000, officials said. When a search of her bag turned up $24,000 concealed in bed sheets, Mensah admitted that she had swallowed several balloons stuffed with money, customs agents said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1990 |
Frank Retamoza insists he had no intention of joining the family business when he traveled south to Tijuana in 1980 to visit his cousin at the El Presidente hotel. But his tall, square-jawed cousin presented a tempting role model. Surrounded by his usual fawning delegation, including four bodyguards, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was on his way to amassing cash and property worth an estimated $1 billion as one of Mexico's most notorious drug lords.
April 13, 1990 |
Two Mexican Customs agents were in custody Thursday, accused of trying to take $2.4 million across the border from the United States, U.S. Customs officials said. The Mexican officials based in Matamoros, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, were charged with failure to report that they were leaving the United States with more than $10,000. The violation of the U.S. Currency Reporting Act carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and fines up to $500,000. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1990 |
More than two dozen Vietnamese-Americans, including seven from Orange County, who allegedly attempted to smuggle more than $250,000 in cash and gold out of the United States face stiff fines for violating Customs regulations, officials said Wednesday. Customs agents seized the gold and cash Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport as 28 Vietnamese-Americans were about to board a Philippine Airlines jet bound for Manila.
December 7, 1988
Switzerland's highest court ordered the bank records of an Israeli arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra affair be turned over to U.S. investigators. The Federal Tribunal in Lausanne lifted strict banking secrecy rules in rejecting Yaacov Nimrodi's appeal of a decision by Swiss police to grant legal assistance in the investigation.